Kirk Hawthorn completed a BSc degree in forestry in the Department of Renewable Resources in 2009.
In the spring of 2009 he begin work as a registered professional forester in training in Grande Cache. Once he has completed two years, he will be able to challenge for the registered professional forestry exams.
By all accounts, that shouldn't be a problem. A gifted student, Kirk has received more than 15 scholarships throughout his undergraduate studies, most notably the Michael Swan Memorial Scholarship and the Herber and Jeannette Hall Award in Forestry, both recognizing high academic achievements.
Beyond getting his professional forester's designation, Kirk is considering pursuing graduate studies and would ultimately like to begin a forestry consulting business specializing in hydrology and watershed management.
Kirk has been a member of the Forest Students Society and currently serves as its treasurer.
An avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, hiking and fishing, he is also an accomplished whitewater kayaker who has competed on the international stage placing in the top 20 in the world.
Added: 17 April 2009